THE heavens were on Leilani Cartledge’s side come the under 10 class on Saturday morning.
She finished the race in the quickest time in the under 10 girls (12.20) behind Heaven Sent, with her father Jason driving and Greg Plummer observing.
She was up and racing on the first try and managed to pass four boats on her superb run to the finish line at Victoria Park boat ramp.
Her nearest competitor finished the race 25 seconds behind her time and only one tadpole recorded a faster time overall.
It was a huge improvement on her run the previous year and as with all things it came down to practice.
‘‘I’ve done lots of skiing since then, especially out on Lake Charm, which has really rough water,’’ Leilani said.
‘‘This year felt pretty fast,’’ she said and warned others in her age group she can go even faster still.
Leilani is currently 10 and next year will progress into the under 13 class.
She was a little nervous about stepping up a class, but shouldn’t have any trouble based on her most recent results.
Her brother Kohdi, 9, also raced in the under 10s for the first time behind Kausin Trouble and despite missing the start had a good run overall.
He finished fourth in the under 10 boys, making his way from 5 Mile boat ramp to the finish line in 13 minutes.
He was flying down the river at almost 100km/h the entire way and said he wanted to go faster.
‘‘It was my first Southern 80 so I was a little nervous,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully I can ski again next year behind Kausin Trouble but I’ll have to wait and see.’’